Tuesday, June 7, 1960: Nuclear fire

An explosion and fire at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey burns a BOMARC nuclear missile shelter as well as a nuclear warhead. There is no nuclear explosion, but plutonium is released into the air and groundwater.

* More about the accident and cleanup: @ and @
* More about the BOMARC missile: @ and @ and @
* More about McGuire AFB: @ and @
* Air Force report from 1992 on "final remedial action for radioactive wastes": @
* Summaries of nuclear accidents, 1950-1980: @

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